The view from the rooftop pool is the reason why we chose this hotel. A word of advice: if you're looking to take photos of the view, you'll need a wide angle lens to fit the opera house and harbour bridge in one shot, or use a panoramic mode. Cruise ships dock at Circular Quay so to get an unobstructed view, go after 7pm and before 6am to take photos.
The rooms themselves were fine, there was some construction or something early morning which was annoying but I'm sure that was from the street so nothing the hotel could do. The rooms do look a little on the "older" side (by which I mean, windows and bathroom fittings are on the "older" side), which seems the norm in Sydney hotels but they appeared to have been refreshed not too long ago so it still looks modern.
Service was great and friendly. Nothing at all to complain about. Location is amazing, short walk to the Quay, and not far from Darling Harbour and Pitt St Mall (20 min walk to Darling Harbour).
There is a guest laundry which is convenient. Pool is on the smaller side and while the water felt like it would be freezing, it was actually quite pleasant.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Old Sydney is one of Sydney's little secrets, uniquely positioned between the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House within the iconic area of The Rocks. Each of the modern 176 guestrooms come equipped with a choice of soft & firm pillows, flatscreen TVs, high speed internet access and comfortable en-suite with dual pressure showerhead. Enjoy spectacular views to Sydney Harbour or an outlook onto the historic Rocks from the comfort of your room. Stroll down the harbour-side promenade past the museum of Contemporary Art to lively Circular Quay and experience an excellent selection restaurants and bars. Here you can catch a ferry to Manly Beach, Watsons Bay, Taronga Zoo or enjoy a fabulous harbour cruise. Holiday Inn Old Sydney is only moments from the majority of Sydney's best attractions and a variety of great shopping options, including the Rocks Markets, Queen Victoria Building, Pitt Street Mall and Oxford Street. Experience spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, the famous Harbour Bridge and the world-acclaimed Opera House from the famous Holiday Inn Old Sydney rooftop, equipped with heated outdoor pool and spa. Holiday Inn Old Sydney also offers a complimentary business centre with computer and internet access to keep you connected whilst away from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Old Sydney Holiday Inn
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